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Literary Adventures in France - a blog

In May 2013, my partner and I moved to France to continue the restoration of a farmhouse in the Lot-et-Garonne. Alex is French himself and his family live only 40 km away in the Dordogne so I have been lucky enough to become part of the traditional local community from the start. My French was only O level standard when I arrived but I have been having lessons and listening and speaking as much as possible.
Meanwhile, we have just got back from our long adventure walking the Camino de Santiago de Compostela. You can read about the walk in my blog below.  One of the reasons I did this walk was because back in 2003 I couldn't walk at all - I was ill with ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (see earlier blog entry about this). So to celebrate my being able to walk now, I raised over £5000 for the ME Association!
I am now settling back into every day life and have resumed my teaching. Have also decided to ensure  I write more. See my first published post since being back from the Camino on the amazing new website called 'bind', which uses creativity to engage with the issues surrounding climate change.
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2 Apr 2017

Spring has arrived, at last, and I am witnessing the shift of season in the southern French Alps. As the snow has melted, I have gone for a few hikes in this changing landscape. But finding the right words to capture the essence of spring is difficult, partly because it is such a sensory experience. I have been reminded of my teenage self walking up Helvellyn in the mid-80s, desperate to write a poem about the feeling of asce...

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Autumn Adventures

July 8, 2017

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